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The celebrated fellwalker’s ‘Pennine Journey’ is well worth following – especially if you do it a bit at a time

The Sketch: A lesson from the man with a trolley full of principles

THERE IS something magnificently senatorial about Tam Dalyell. Not the grey cardigan, nor the green foam cushion that he lays on the benches before sitting down, both of which give him a faintly eccentric air, as if he might enter the chamber one day pushing a supermarket trolley loaded with old clothes and embarrassing documents.

Net Gains: The Last Crusade

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Spouses to order

Great career but a shambolic lovelife? With a bit of help from your friends, you could find the ideal partner

WORDS OF THE WEEK; Taking the mickey out of France

`Everything was themed, and it came as a minor relief to note that the sparrows did not fly in wearing Dumbo outfits. Everything, that is, except the toilets. This was a disappointment.'

Indiana Jones and the pounds 33m hot metal ride Steelworks ride again with pounds 33m facelift

Theme-park Britain is destined to get a new spectacular if the Millennium Commission coughs up pounds 15m to turn a redundant steel works in Rotherham into a white-knuckle ride in a giant ladle through water-walls, heat and laser lights to the heart of an exploding furnace.

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Arts: I know where it all went wrong

In 1996, we celebrated 100 years of the movies. But should we really have been mourning their demise? David Thomson offers the last word on the centenary of cinema

Minesweeping robots apply to the US Army

CHARLES ARTHUR

What if... Jeff Bridges had got the part in Taxi Driver, if Ronald Reagan had smouldered in Casablanca, and Indiana Jones had worn a Magnum 'tache? Well, that was the original idea.

As great screen moments go, Frank Sinatra in the back of the taxi with Rod Steiger doing the "I coulda been a contender" speech in On the Waterfront vies with Jeff Bridges looking into a mirror repeating "You talkin' to me?" in Taxi Driver.

Jaz Coleman lecture; Columbia Hotel, London

Dante typified hell as a place full of people with no opinions. By this reasoning, Jaz Coleman, Killing Joke singer, or, as he prefers these days, "composer", seems destined for a place in the clouds. Coleman has a theory on anything you'd care to think about. His obsessions being reserved for things you'd rather not.

'Indiana Jones' and the volcano of doom an doom

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Wild at heart

Roger Clarke feels a sensuous touch amid the chainsaw scars

A Mickey Mouse kind of operation

When the world's favourite theme park opened 40 years ago, mules bit the guests and horses bolted. By Edward Helmore

Negotiating the rapids

Today's leaders must adapt the skills of white-water rafters, says Roger Trapp

Cut and print: tales of the celluloid city

Merseyside has blazed a trail in attracting film-makers seeking a convenient lookalike for Moscow, Dublin, London, even New York. Now other councils have stars in their eyes. Ryan Gilbey reports
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